Posted in Baseball, Odds & ends, Trenton Thunder

Random baseball photos from 2017

My friend Bart is the last person I know who’s sticking pretty firmly with 20th Century technology. He has no interest in using computers or owning a mobile phone, and he’s still using a 35mm film camera to take photos.

Bart recently sent me prints of some of the photos he took during the baseball season. They’re kinda neat, so I’m sharing some of them here.

The Cuban National Team played a number of games against opponents from the Can-Am League this season. I can’t remember if Bart saw them when they were playing the New Jersey Jackals or the Sussex County Miners, and he didn’t remember who the players are in the photos, but they are still pretty cool.

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Posted in Baseball, New York Mets

Holiday weekend Mets items

Thanksgiving weekend was a quiet time for actual Mets news.

Noah Syndergaard spend part of his holiday helping to feed homeless people, per the Mets’ Twitter feed.

The Mets are reportedly one of two teams that have made an offer to free agent reliever Bryan Shaw.

Nothing against Shaw, who seems like a quality bullpen contributor… but the Mets have Jeurys Familia, A.J. Ramos and Jerry Blevins, not to mention unsuccessful starters Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo, or last season’s middle relief crew that included Rafael Montero, Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker and Paul Sewald. There are plenty of arms that might be effective out of the bullpen and not nearly enough starters that they can count on. So maybe Sandy Alderson should prioritize his limited budget for offseason acquisitions a little bit better?

Queens Baseball Convention tickets have gone on sale, and you can even save a little bit of money if you buy them by tomorrow night to take advantage of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.

This will be my first time going, and I’m looking forward to it.

Posted in Baseball, Odds & ends, Star Trek

San Francisco Giants like sci-fi

The San Francisco Giants have been organizing some amazing sci-fi promo nights. In September, they gave out a baseball-themed BB-8 Pop for Star Wars night.

Next season, they’re planning a Star Trek night on Friday, August 31st when they host the New York Mets. Fans who purchase a special event ticket will get a San Francisco Giants cap featuring the Star Trek Starfleet Command badge, and the team is encouraging people to come to the game in Star Trek costumes.

If I win a lottery jackpot between now & then, you’ll know where to find me on August. 31st.

(On a slightly more realistic note, the New York Mets are giving away a Mr. Met Star Wars Bobblehead to the first 15,000 fans at their Saturday, May 19th game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. I have a much better shot of making it to that one…)

Posted in Baseball, New York Mets

‘Tis the season

Baseball’s annual general managers meetings were held last week in Phoenix, Ariz. and the Winter Meetings will be taking place in Orlando, Fla. in a few weeks.

And until there is actual news, baseball columnists and beat reporters will be reporting on assorted rumors and preliminary discussions.

For example:

Ignore these stories unless you are bored or your job requires you to keep track of such things.

(I don’t really like the idea of Ian Kinsler playing second base for the Mets next year, if you’re curious. Sure, he’d be a defensive upgrade over Wilmer Flores… but Kinsler will be 36 next season and had a comparable on-base percentage and worse slugging percentage than Flores in 2017. Plus Kinsler will cost $11 million plus whatever players and/or prospects are needed to acquire him.)

Posted in Baseball, Trenton Thunder

More netting

The Trenton Thunder are the latest area baseball team to add netting to protect more fans from being hit by foul balls and broken bats.

I think I went to around a dozen games this year where I sat in field level seats. I remember three occasions where I wasn’t sitting behind netting: a game in York, Pa., a game in Kissimmee, Fla., and a game in Trenton.

I’ve gotten used to the nets… I tend to not notice them when I’m watching the game, but they do make it much harder to take photos of game action. For the most part, I know I can leave my camera home these days.

The nets also limit the spots where you can try for autographs before a game… less of a big deal in at MLB facilities where the odds were already against you. We’ll see how it impacts things in minor league facilities. My guess? It won’t have that much of an effect.

In exchange for those inconveniences, we’re safer as we watch the game. Sure, you’ve got people that argue that if you just pay attention, you’ll be able to get out of the way of foul balls.

Watch where professional baseball players have their family members sit at games – they will almost always be behind the net. There’s a reason for that – those line drive foul balls come in really fast.

I’d guess it’s just a matter of time before expanded netting becomes universal at professional ballparks…. and eventually we’ll wonder why it wasn’t there all along.

Posted in Baseball, New York Mets

Bittersweet baseball

There’s been a variety of news since the end of baseball season. The Mets have a new manager and coaching staff, and will soon have a new and expanded training staff.

They’ve retained a couple of players and let some others go.

And I really haven’t had a lot to say about it.

I’d never heard of Mickey Callaway until news broke that the Mets had chosen him as their next manager – I hope he does a good job. Likewise, I’m not sure how much of a role coaches really play in the success of a Major League Baseball team or how good the guys the Mets hired are at doing their jobs, but I wish them well.

But I did want to mention a couple of news items I saw tonight.

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David Wright (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Mets captain David Wright will be inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame tomorrow night in a pregame ceremony in Scottsdale, Ariz. Wright played for the Peoria Saguaros in 2003 just months before making his big league debut.

I’m sure there will be another pregame Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Wright sometime within the next few years, as the Mets honor one of the best players in team history.

Before injuries cost Wright the last three years and will likely make 2014 the last full season of his career, it seemed like we’d be talking about his chances of being enshrined in Cooperstown one day. Now the only talk is about whether Wright can return to a Major League Baseball field or if he should retire.

It’s a bittersweet honor, to be sure.

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Carlos Beltran (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Speaking of Mets greats who inspire bittersweet memories, Carlos Beltran announced his retirement this week after finally winning a World Series ring with the Houston Astros. But apparently he’s not ready to walk away from the game just yet — he’d like to manage somewhere down the road.

Hey, if Callaway doesn’t work out, maybe Beltran can have another chance to win a ring with the Mets.

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With a whimper…

1509578766911-debc0f66-a37a-4982-b12e-22ec0dd8ef90_I couldn’t tell you how many times it’s been rumored to be the final season for the Atlantic League’s Bridgeport Bluefish. I could tell you that it happened often enough that I stopped believing the rumors because they were always wrong.

And then this summer, the city of Bridgeport decided not to renew the Bluefish’s lease. Suddenly, that was that – the Bridgeport Bluefish’s 20th season would be their final one.

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